Minister Launches The Cultural Diversity Quest Exhibition

Minister Launches The Cultural Diversity Quest Exhibition

Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras

Victoria’s Quest For Cultural Diversity On Show At The Immigration Museum

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today launched the Cultural Diversity Quest exhibition at the Immigration Museum.

“This exhibition celebrates cultural diversity in Victorian Government schools through a display of the best artworks by students who may become Australia’s future recognised artists.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

The exhibition features a documentary film including interviews with some of the creators of the winning pieces of art, design and digital media.

Mr. Kotsiras said the Cultural Diversity Quest promoted acceptance and understanding of other cultures through multi-media works.

“We are fortunate to have a range of cultures within our schools and this exhibition shows how students embrace diversity.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

Among the exhibits is short film A Day in the Life of Barker which received widespread acclaim. Made by his two classmates, the film features a day in the life of a young Muslim Cobram Secondary College student and portrays his day-to-day life is just like that of any Australian teenager.

Entries range from members of the Karen community drawing scenes from their homeland on recycled plastic lids, to students from Shepparton forming a soccer team for new arrivals.

The competition received over 150 entries from 54 schools and the exhibition of winning entries will run until 1 August.

Mr. Kotsiras said the Government had committed an additional $16.3 Million over the next four years to community language schools.

This funding demonstrates the Government’s real commitment to languages and cultural understanding in Victoria.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

“This exhibition highlights the innovative approaches schools are taking to equip students with the skills they need to function successfully in today’s globalised world.” Mr. Kotsiras said.